When it comes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour the top golfers tend to rise to the top and it is always one of the best players in the top 10 who tends to win the trophy and the $10 million bonus. Sure, it is set up for a player to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup but there have been a few years where there have been two winners at the Tour Championship.
This week at the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club the top 120 players are trying to get themselves in a great position but, as seems to always happen the cream rises to the top. Through three rounds Jordan Spieth holds a three shot lead at -12 over Dustin Johnson. The rest of the top 5 are Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm and Matt Kuchar. This sounded like a major championship leaderboard.
As they got to the back nine it became a 2 horse race for first with Spieth and Johnson who when they got to 18 had a 4 shot lead and were both tied at -13. Johnson had to lay up and Spieth missed the green right and got up and down for par. Johnson hit his approach shot to 20 feet and then had his putt lip into the hole and both players were headed back to 18 for a playoff.
In the playoff Spieth found the fairway and had about 175 yards to the flag. He hit his approach shot to the back fringe.
Johnson hammered his drive on 18, the longest drive of the week on 18, and flipped a wedge to inside 5 feet.
Spieth missed his putt from the back edge, leaving Johnson a short putt for the win from 3 feet 7 inches and he centered the putt for the win. He came from 5 shots back at one point to get the win.
Dads Say So, congrats to another golfing dad in Dustin Johnson in getting the win in the first playoff event. This year will probably be a what if for DJ. We think that the back injury the week of The Masters cost him a few wins and a lock on player of the year. He showed us the value of length today in the playoff in hitting lob wedge compared to the 7 iron that Spieth had it and it proved to be the winning formula to seal the deal. Congrats to him and we are looking forward to Boston next week and the top 100 players remain.